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Rock 'N' Blogroll: Fighting For The Faith

Someone one Facebook recently asked the following...

Can anybody recommended some good confessional Lutheran blogs? The more the better. I want to build a list on my RSS Reader, replacing my old Reformed ones. Thanks in advance!

That got me thinking.

As a "Newtheran" myself (ok, maybe not that "new" anymore, but still), I should probably start compiling my own list of faithful Lutheran blogs (and podcasts) so that A Lutheran Layman can serve as a sort of one-stop-shop for others like me.

Sure, I have a few listed here already, but I think I need to do a little "house cleaning" to get them better organized and to give people like you more "spiritual meat" to chew on in the Lutheran Home For Displaced Converts And Once Deceived Christians.

So, with that in mind, please enjoy this new weekly feature I'm calling "Rock 'N' Blogroll" that will help me to highlight at least 1 new Lutheran website to our Blogroll sections (see the right hand column of this page) for those who are looking for good Lutheran resources online.

We'll start with the more popular and well-known and work our way through to the lesser known gems and treasures hiding within the Lutheran Blogoshpere.

I'll also try to write a few comments and observations about each one along the way as well to, hopefully, serve as a sort of introduction and give you a better idea of what to expect should you visit the site.

Today's featured website?

One of the first Christian podcasts I ever listened to and the first Christian to get me to see the importance of using the brain that God gave me (along with the Bible, of course) to be more discerning about the things that I was hearing and seeing being preached and taught under the banner of Christianity. Seriously, this is one smart guy who has a way of succinctly summarizing what it is about a particular sermon and/or Pastor that should give us cause for concern. Oh yeah, I'll also never forget when I found out that he was a Lutheran too! I had listened to him for years before on and off, but somehow never caught that until I became a Lutheran myself. That fact is comforting to me given the respect I had for Mr. Rosebrough and his ministry long before my conversion simply because he always seemed so Biblically sound. Bottom line? If you prefer to get your daily dose of Lutheran catechesis in audio form, then his daily program is just what you need! But be careful too. If you've never concerned yourself with all the passages of Scripture that instruct us to be discerning and to be on guard against the false teachers, then his style will be a complete shock to your system...at first. Soon, you'll come to see him as a truly valuable resource that you can also use with your beloved family members and friends who might still be deceived about the truth themselves. Enjoy!

Bottom line? The blog/podcast/website referenced above simply rocks if you're looking for pure, unadulterated Biblical preaching and teaching about "the Rock" Himself, Jesus Christ (2 Samuel 22:47; Psalm 18:2; 1 Corinthians 10:4), and from a distinctly Lutheran (a.k.a. distinctly orthodox Christian) perspective.

In case you're wondering, the picture above reminds me of how the content you'll find there is always free spiritual food for your soul. That, in turn, reminds me of one of my all-time favorite verses in the Bible!

Matthew 4:4 (ESV) But he answered, "It is written, "'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"

Take a few minutes to check it out and then let me know what you think in the Comments Section below. Then, be sure to drop them a note to let them know that you thank the Lord for believers like them who are willing to offer faithful, humble confessions of "the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 1:3) despite any personal costs.

By the way, if you have any suggestions (or have your own website that you'd like me to share), then please don't hesitate to reach out to me to let me know although I have a pretty long list myself that I'd like to work my way through.

In a Lutheran layman's terms, and in my own personal experience, I've found that there are many more faithful Confessional Lutherans to be found online that I can continue to learn from than there are in the pews at a majority of the LCMS Churches here in the Eastern District I'm afraid.

Sad, but true, and that's why I thank the Lord daily for such fine, faithful folks.

NOTE: As you know, I am a newly converted Confessional Lutheran who recently escaped American Evangelicalism a little over a year ago. That being said, please contact me ASAP if you believe that any of my "old beliefs" seem to have crept their way into any of the material you see published here, and especially if any of the content is not consistent with our Confessions and Lutheran doctrine (in other words, if it's not consistent with God's Word, which our Confessions merely summarize and point us back to) so that I can correct those errors immediately and not lead any of His little ones astray (James 3:1). Finally, please be aware that you might also discover that some of the earlier pieces I wrote on this blog back in 2013 definitely fall into that category since I was a "Lutheran-In-Name-Only" at the time and was completely oblivious to the fact that a "Book of Concord" containing our Confessions even existed. In addition, there are some entries that are a little "out there" so-to-speak since the subject matter was also heavy influenced by common Evangelical concerns/criticisms that aren't that big a deal for us Lutherans. I know that now and I'm still learning. Anyway, I decided to leave those published posts up on this website and in cyberspace only because we now have this disclaimer and only to demonstrate the continuing work of Christ and the Holy Spirit in my life (Hebrews 12:2; Philippians 1:6). Finally, please know that any time we engage in commenting on and/or interpreting a specific portion of the holy Scriptures, it will always follow the verse-by-verse notes from my Lutheran Study Bible unless otherwise noted. Thank you for stopping by and thank you in advance for your time, help, and understanding. Grace and peace to you and yours!


About JKR

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Thank you for visiting A Lutheran Layman! Please feel free to leave a comment or a question since we do not exercise censorship. We've seen a similar policy with other blogs and it's worth repeating: Please act as if you're a guest in my home, and we'll get along just fine. I think anyone would agree that the kind of back-and-forth that is characteristic of blogs/chat forums and social media is becoming tiresome for all of us. Still, we should confess, edify, and love (and contend and defend when needed). Bottom line? Search the Scriptures! Apply Acts 17:11 to anything and everything you find here and, if you do happen to disagree with something you find here (which is certainly ok), or think I'm "irresponsible" and "wrong" for writing it, then please refute my position by supporting yours with Scripture and/or the Confessions. I don't think that's an unreasonable request, especially for those who identify themselves as "Christians" here, right? Besides, Proverbs 27:17 tells us "Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another" and 2 Timothy 3:16 says, "all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness." If you have an opinion that's great, I welcome it, but try to support it using God's Word. I mean, if the goal here is to help us all arrive at the truth of God's Word (myself included), then it should be easy to follow through on this one simple request (I'm talking to all you "Anonymous" visitors out there). Grace and peace to you and yours!

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